History, culture and politics in Russia and the Soviet Union

From Comrade Stalin to President Putin, you can access a compilation of Russian media articles translated into English through this unique database, says Anna Rubinowski, Subject Librarian for Slavic Studies.


Since its first publication in 1949, the Current Digest of the Russian Press, formerly published under the title Current Digest of the Soviet Press (1949-1991), and The Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press (1992-2010), has provided a representative selection of Russian language press materials translated into English on all aspects of Russian history, culture and politics.

As a digest it offers a weekly compilation of articles that illustrate the topics of interest discussed in the Russian press. In this aspect it is a unique source for original material usually only available for Russian language speakers, as articles are translated into English as close as possible to the original Russian and without any elaborations or commentary added. This makes it one of the few sources available for English language speakers to access the Russian point of view, not only in regards to current issues but also in the historical perspective.

Established during a time when information from the USSR was inaccessible to the rest of the world, the digest became an essential resource for news from the Soviet Union and provided access not only to newspaper articles but also to significant speeches, documents from all meetings of the Communist Party Congresses, all five-year plans, and important Soviet laws and foreign policy development. It still continues to publish articles on economics, politics, foreign policy, international affairs, social and legal issues, public health, and culture.

Available on the East View databases platform, the interface is easy to navigate and content can be discovered through browsing individual issues of the digest or by searching for particular names or topics.

The Current Digest of the Russian Press is available through Library Search and Databases A-Z. If you are after more analytical or scholarly material, the Slavic Studies Library Guide is a great starting point for your research on Eastern Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union. Use the guide to access resources such as the American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies, the Stalin Digital Archive, and other English and Slavic languages materials.

Please contact Anna Rubinowski, Ada Booth Librarian and Subject Librarian for Slavic Studies, if you have any questions.


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